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Bad Boy's Da Band Biography

Last updated: 08/07/2008 12:00:00 PM

As the stars of the top rated MTV reality series, Making the Band, the collective six have become an instant hip-hop mainstay, capturing the hearts of the masses as the public see them live out their career triumphs and tribulations. These unique individuals were chosen in July 2003 after battling over 40,000 wannabes to not only become the featured group on Making the Band, but also received a recording contract thanks to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. In September of 2003 they launched their first album Too Hot for TV. Meet the talented six members.

Fredd, a.k.a "The Soldier," is known by diehard fans as the wittiest and most comical of the bunch. His charm has carried him into a circle of friends and fellow MC's that not only had his back throughout the years, but convinced him that between his distinguished dirty growl and poignant lyrics, he had enough potential to put himself on the map. Fred is learning life's lessons everyday. "It goes further than just going in the booth and recording," the Miami native discloses of what he's learned as being part of Da Band. "It's a business side to this. Once you realize that, everything is simple. Our group has always been rich with talent. Now that we've learned how to work together and the consequences of not working together, our team can't be stopped. We have it together

Ness is "The Thinker." Mature, focused and unstoppable, early on Combs labeled Ness the team captain to oversee the other members of the band. The levelheaded Ness had his life changed around by some unfortunate missteps and bad judgments. He honed his skills in a Delaware County Prison, competing in lyrical battles. After establishing himself as the king of the hill, Ness knew he had to pursue music full time. "This is not only my second shot at a career, it is my second shot at life. I know the band is the foundation for everything," Ness explains. "Without them I wouldn't be here and I'm grateful for this opportunity."

Young City is "The Wild Card." With confidence and persistence brewing, he knows, the days of hustling and a life of crime in uptown New Orleans are over. "That wasn't me," he reflects. "I never wanted to do that, put my life in somebody else's hands. I've been set up and I've experienced it all." Trained and tested, Young City earned his rapping chops the old fashion way, going around N.O. battling any up and coming MC. Inspired by the success of the Hot Boyz, he steadfastly pursued his dream of becoming a recording artist and won a spot on "Making the Band."

Babs Bunny, "The Warrior Hailing," hails from Brooklyn, the breeding ground for some of hip-hop's most acclaimed MCs. Babs knows that every line she emits has to be head spinning. Her relentless rhyme style has been cultivated. She not only recorded her own demos, but independently shopped for a record deal before signing with Bad Boy. The fights and antics of her teammates in "Making the Band" didn't faze her. "At first we really didn't like each other because we didn't know each other. You got six different people, every body wanted to call shots. They even fought on the 'Cosby Show' but everything is all good with the band. We understand each other better. It takes time."

Dylan, "The Rebel" is respected for his untouchable Caribbean Reggae/Hip Hop flow, and notorious for his distinctive mesmerizing voice. Dylan, whom has also been characterized as the rebellious group member, always manages to bring a dramatic twist to most episodes. As a small child, Dylan moved to his family's homeland of Grenada from Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he began supporting his family. Although working daily, he became enamored with music. Years later back in Flatbush, Brooklyn, he took his love of music to the streets where he became a reggae DJ and eventually sold his own dubplates and mixed CDs for the streets. Since his release he has made a promising life decision. "All my life I've been surrounded by everything from hustlers to gangsters," he says about coming up. "I got caught up in the street game, but fortunately I got saved. I'm never going back to that, music is my only focus. There's no stopping me now, I'm gonna become a legend."

Sara Strokes is "The Survivor." As the oldest member of Bad Boy's Da Band, the sexy songstress, of Port Huron, MI had been trying to enter the music scene since she was 18 years-old and had just begun the production on her solo independent album before she beat out almost 40,000 contestants for not only, a place on the team, but as the only R&B member of the band. Since her first appearance on MTV's Making the Band, Sara has received rave reviews from media and fans alike. The fact that Sara is happily married and with three children to whom she is extremely dedicated, has resulted in the development of several fan based websites dedicated to her talent, beauty and driven vibe.

Thanks to choppas name Eric P for submitting the biography.